This time of year is always bittersweet. Summer draws to a close, vacations end and school starts again. But at the same time, cozy sweaters, crisp nights and fabulous fall boots are just around the corner! Another one of the perks of this time of year? All the show-stopping sunflowers that fill farmers markets and roadside stands. So, if you’ve got the end-of-summer blues, these sunny blooms are sure to brighten your day!
Queen Anne’s Lace is the ultimate romantic wildflower. It’s white, lacy, and incredibly dainty. It reminds me of taking long walks and picking wildflowers along the road during the summer and I love how it’s used in all these gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces! To me, Queen Anne’s Lace is the perfect flower for a rustic and romantic wedding.
I’m not sure it gets much sweeter than Lauren and Rian’s rustic Colorado barn wedding. Yellow and green details filled the day from the flowers to the fabric used as centerpieces and even wrapped around Lauren’s bouquet. They were married under a gazebo and then the festivities moved to an outdoor garden party at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. I want to dive into the yummy looking dessert bar filled with homemade pies and tarts and crumbles by Living The Sweet Life! Such an adorably rustic wedding with sweeter than sweet photos (including an absolutely heartwarming photo of the bride and groom dancing!) by Autumn Burke Photography!
There’s nothing that says spring to me more than when the sunny yellow daffodils start to bloom in my yard. From the standard bright yellow to more subtle white with peach, to the smaller or more ruffly versions, what I love the most about daffodils though is the variety that they come in. For a dose of sunshine or a touch of spring here are a variety of arrangements that include this cheery bloom!
The book lover in me is loving this Peter Rabbit inspired editorial shoot, shot on location at the prettiest organic farm in Colorado. Taking cues from the muted color palette of blue and yellow of the garden in the book, this shoot is all about sweet, simple comfort and charming rustic details. Pairing the natural setting with touches of classic elegance, Andrea of Andrea K Photo dreamed up this shoot with a real couple, Emily and John, as her muse. Organic veggies and fruit provided the perfect centerpieces and really allowed the beauty of the farm to shine through. Thank you so much for sharing, Andrea!
When you have a sublime location like Norman Farms ready to utilize at your fingertips, taking advantage of it and all of its natural delights are at the top of the list. Illustrious vendors like Fiona Louise Design and Something Minted had a blast foraging around the massive 28-acre property to beautifully bring this farm-to-table inspired shoot together. The art of table setting was a large inspiration for the day; for shoot designer and venue owner Fiona, welcoming loved ones meant breaking out the nicest wares and florals and setting up a grand table for gathering. For this shoot, an herb bouquet with mint and rosemary, blackberries, quince, pears, and apples were shared fresh from the grounds. A hearty loaf of sourdough bread and golden blossom honey was the centerpiece amidst the taper candles and antiquated English wares. Save a seat for us at this table; we would definitely want to break bread here among friends.
The vibrant blooms of springtime were the inspiration for today’s gorgeous shoot by the talented Janie Medley of The Bride’s Cafe. An abundance of lush flowers from Flower Muse—including tulips, poppies, ranunculus, garden roses, and anemones—graced the gorgeous bouquets, flower arrangements and floral crowns created by The Bride’s Cafe. We can’t decide which of the incredible bouquets is most gorgeous! Shamara, a 2016 bride-to-be, is utterly resplendent in gowns from Bella Bridesmaids, and we are simply in love with each image from Love By Serena—enjoy all of the swoon-worthy floral inspiration!
These fun and beautiful images of DJ and Alan’s Sun Valley Idaho wedding from Hillary Maybery Photography make us wish we were kicking up our boots with them, too! Stunning outdoor surroundings frame this affair, with a rustic chapel setting the stage for a ceremony filled with cowboy hats and boots, plaid kilts, and spring florals in yellows and greens from Tara Bella Floral Design. DJ’s elegant lace Anne Barge gown is a gorgeous contrast to the earthy elements and her personalized boots from M.L. Leddy’s. We love the details that the team at Amanda Seaward’s Absolute Weddings wove in—including monogrammed plaid throws, distressed leather chairs, and antlers—to drive home the theme of DJ and Alan’s affair! See all of the elegant, rustic details in the gallery!
There is so much gorgeous inspiration in this collaboration shoot between Kristyn Hogan and the talented team at Historic Cedarwood, and we love it all! Amber Housley created the lovely floral stationery and helped direct the styling of this bridal party tea in the garden. Eclectic linens from Urban Outfitters ground the tables for a collection vintage dishware and vases on top, filled with bold blooms and some of the prettiest teacups we’ve ever seen! The bridal party sipped pink Champagne from Le Grande Courtage while playing dress-up in amazing gowns from The Bride Room and accessories by Beatrice Couture Designs styled by Opulent Couturier. And aren’t you just in love with the playful side pony styled by Jessica Jones? Run, don’t walk, to the gallery to soak up all of the inspiration!
While looking through bouquets of blushing bride protea for our Friday Flowers roundup, there were so many gorgeous bouquets with pincushion protea that it didn’t feel right to not share those as well! Pincushions look exactly like they sound: a little cushion stuck with a bunch of vibrantly colored pins. In yellow, orange or coral, they are all brightly colored and full of texture. It’s a flower with quite a personality!
Is there a more aptly-named wedding flower than “blushing bride?” The name aside, blushing bride protea looks gorgeous when used with a variety of flowers from roses to clematis to orchids. It has a blush center with pointed petals that range from white to ivory to pale pink. Can you spot the blushing bride protea in all of these bouquets?
If you’re searching for seasonal inspiration for your Thanksgiving tablescape, look no further—Holly Heider Chapple has designed the most gorgeous, organic spread and given you the steps to recreate it at home! “My intent when I created this design was to come up with a concept that a beginner could do,” as well as use flowers that are readily available at grocery stores, Holly says. She’s definitely succeeded with this simple how-to! Follow along with this beautiful images from Genevieve Leiper Photography, and let us know how your own Turkey Day tablescapes turn out!
Cooler weather gets us thinking of cooler color palettes. Today’s featured floral, the silver brunia, is as cool as it gets! But not only is it cool in color, it’s also modern, elegant, and has a fantastic small rounded shape. While it’s often used in pastel and white flora arrangements, it can look fantastic with more bold colors like red or yellow as well! Take a look at silver brunia used in some of our favorite bouquets!
Photographer Jaclyn Davis wanted this stunning shoot in the meadow of an Idaho Falls, Idaho, home to be a blend of the French countryside’s elegance and all-American romance. Mission accomplished! These images make us want to dream ourselves right onto that gorgeous bench, with its lush garland of greenery and cream-colored flowers from Lemon Blossom Designs and fluffy Champagne-colored pillows, mint julep in hand. The green, forested backdrop—and that beautiful horse!—framed the neutral setting, and tons of votives and candles set an elegant mood that comes through in every single photo—we can’t even begin to choose a favorite. The gown, romantic and intricate with lace and cap sleeves, is from Treasures; it gets a playful but still elegant complement from the khaki-and-white striped bow tie and handkerchief. We’re in love with every single detail!
Jasmine: Not the princess from Aladdin, the beautiful flowering vine, of course! This sweet smelling flower is incredibly petite and romantic, and the wispy pink buds add a carefree garden-feel to any bouquet! While it may not be suitable for a bouquet all by itself, it adds such a special touch to roses, peonies or any other flowers you choose for your bouquet. We hope you love these bouquets as much as we do!
Scabiosa pods are incredibly interesting. Sometimes referred to as the pincushion flower, its greenish-brown ball-shaped head is divided up into several smaller sections that almost resemble cupcake liners! They look gorgeous in bouquets and always add an organic feel to an arrangement. Take a look at some of our most favorite bouquets that use scabiosa pods!
Anemones are pure elegance. Perfect for a black and white wedding with their delicate white petals and bold black centers, they also come in a variety of pinks, reds and purples. Anemones are just as classy whether by themselves or with a mixture of other beautiful blooms!
Succulents, step aside. There’s a new bud in town that is ready to take over the modern scene: protea! As different as they are fascinating, they’re one part botanical, one part tropical, and completely bold. They go with everything from peonies to thistle to orchids, and they are for sure a bold addition to any bouquet or centerpiece!
There’s nothing more show-stopping than bold and dramatic flowers, don’t you think? Amaranthus adds texture to an arrangement and when used in a bouquet, it’s hanging stems can give it a cascading feel. It comes in both a rich fuchsia and a bright green, and will make even the smallest boutonniere or the largest ceremony arch unique!